Romans 13

Be Subject to Government

Or soul
b  person is to be in c  subjection to the governing authorities. For d  there is no authority except
Lit by
from God, and those which exist are established by God.
Lit he who
whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.
3For g  rulers are not a cause of fear for
Lit good work
good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;
4for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an i  avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. 5Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also j  for conscience’ sake. 6For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 k  Render to all what is due them: l  tax to whom tax is due; m  custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

8Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for n  he who loves
Lit the other
his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
9For this p  You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying q  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love
Lit works no evil
does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore s  love is the fulfillment of the law.

11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is t  already the hour for you to u  awaken from sleep; for now
Or our salvation is nearer than when
salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
12 w  The night is almost gone, and x  the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside y  the deeds of darkness and put on z  the armor of light. 13Let us
Lit walk
ab  behave properly as in the day, ac  not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.
14But ad  put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh ae  in regard to its lusts.
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